Friday, December 15, 2017

Soft Tissues In Feet And Shoe Type

Interesting study. It's been shown before that minimalist shoes increase muscle size in the feet, an effect that any barefoot-style runner has experienced first-hand.

But I wonder how much of the differences noted here are a chicken-and-egg situation, where runners with the right traits self-select into minimalist shoes? In other words, do the people whose Achilles tendon is too thin have injury and stop using them?

It's not known how much a tendon can adapt, and I can't certainly attest that it's no small task to try to make them!

The abductor hallucis is the muscle that controls the big toe. I get consistent soreness in that muscle in my weak foot, for instance, and you would think that eight years of nearly exclusive use of minimalist shoes and barefoot would be enough time to adapt...

Similarly, do the runners with a thinner heel pad select the insoles because they need insoles to heel strike?

"Recreational runners using minimalistic shoes demonstrated stiffer foot arches than those using neutral shoes. Among the selected foot muscles, only abductor hallucis showed a significant morphological difference between shoe groups. Runners using minimalistic shoes had the thickest abductor hallucis. The minimalistic shoe runners also showed a thinner proximal plantar fascia and a thicker Achilles tendon than other runners. Insole runners had a thinner heel pad than neutral shoe runners."

The morphology of foot soft tissues is associated with running shoe type in healthy recreational runners.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

"AIP for IBD: The Paleo Autoimmune Protocol and Inflammatory Bowel Disease"


Link via Chris Kresser

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

"Never mind what’s in them dear, just swallow the capsules"

"The capsules here contained wholesome faecal microbiome to prevent recurrent Clostridium difficile infection. A trial in 116 patients shows they achieve the same 96.2% success rate as the same thing inserted via a colonoscope. Good shit, as we used to say back in the hippy days. The capsules were rated as “not at all unpleasant” by 66% of the Canadians in this trial, and 44% said the same of colonoscopy. The winters are so long there."

Monday, December 4, 2017

N=Many on Omega-6 and Sunburn: Can Sunburn be Reduced?

A follow-up to "N=1 on Omega-6 and Sunburn: Can Sunburn be Reduced?", which I posted on twitter.

Which inspired me to bring this to Dr. Shawn Baker's attention, as he's been running the N=Many carnivory test, which has expanded into some other topics:

Intereresting, I guess it's not just me.

I got the idea from one of Mark Sisson's Success Stories, many years ago, and thought it was nuts until it happened to me too.